Channels now supports multiple tuners at the same time!
You no longer have to choose which tuner you want to use. Channels uses all of the HDHomeRun devices on your network to create a single guide and to stream channels. And it does this without you even noticing.
So what does this really mean?
If you have a single tuner, no big deal. Your guide simply lists all your channels and what’s currently on. When you tune to a channel but your tuners all in use, you get the normal
Tuner Not Available message.
What if you have 2 HDHomeRun devices? You still get the same simple guide, but now when the tuners are all in use on a single device, Channels will attempt to use your other HDHomeRun device to tune the channel.
This means you can stack HDHomeRun devices. Are you finding that the 2 tuners in your Connect isn’t cutting it with your family watching TV around the house? Just pick up another Connect and boom, now you have 4 tuners available all over the house for watching on the TV or iOS device.
Can I set a primary tuner?
Yep! You can order your devices by priority on the Settings tab.
If you have a Connect and a Prime, you can tell Channels to always try streaming from the Connect before it tries streaming from the Prime.
With device priority sorting and the ability to disable channels, you’ve got everything you need to really strategize how your TV operations are set up, heh.
This works per Channels application too. So, if you want to prioritize your Prime in the living room and your Connect in the kitchen, you can do that. Or maybe you want to prioritize your Extend on your iPad so it always sends over a smaller transcoded stream.
You really have the power to strategize any way that you want, and we’re super excited that Channels can do this for you in a simple and straightforward way.